Midnight Express
Midnight Express (1978)

Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a na´ve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 1978
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The prison scenes are nightmarish and unforgettable.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help. [Blu-ray]

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Cole Smithey

Despite the negative hullabaloo "Midnight Express" provoked for its brutal characterization of Turkish prison officials, director Alan Parker's rendering of Oliver Stone's exploitation screenplay is a stick of pure cinematic dynamite.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It defined the hell of a Turkish prison whil portraying the humanity needed to survive such a terrible place.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A solid prison film that feels so real that if you heard a voiceover you'd swear it was a documentary.

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Kent Turner

Director Alan Parker's right. His 1978 riveting prison drama still holds up.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a brutal and brutalizing film whose effects have diminished little in the decades since its controversial theatrical release in the late 1970s

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Emanuel Levy

Horrific scenes of prison brutality and powerful acting by Brad Davis as the American Billy Hayes help make up for the shortcomings in Alan Parker's sensationalistic tale and Oliver Stone's factual inaccuracies.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Searing and unforgettable. A harrowing descent into a real-life hell that's so relentlessly intense it will leave you feeling drained.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos MagalhŃes
The controversy surrounding the way the Turks are depicted is not without reason, but the film is quite engaging (with a wonderful score) as a disturbing… More
Liam Gadd
One of the most intense films I've ever seen. Fantastic performances, nail biting and suspenseful throughout and a brutal but superb depiction of the… More
Alex roy
Wonderful, crime drama, Midnight Express is a captivating, thoroughly engaging picture, one that is raw, poignant and stomach turning as you watch the… More
Jim Hunter
An American gets caught smuggling hashish and is sentenced to an interminable prison term in Turkey. If you want to see a film about a man getting tortured for… More
Spencer S.
A lukewarm representation of the Turkish prison system of the time, "Midnight Express" is dangerously violent and chillingly raw, and yet is flawed by… More
Japes .
Yeah it was pretty good. The acting was amazing and there were a lot of suspenseful moments. Does anyone really understand the meaning of BASED ON A TRUE… More